Fields: international relations, social science, statistics, data analysis, government
About the Organization: The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century. CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
About the Position: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division (FDT) is seeking three limited-term Research Assistants to support a broad range of research tasks in three distinct sections in FDT. The relevant sections are Foreign Policy Management & Global Issues; Middle East & Africa; and Asia. The selectees will support research analysts and managers in addressing congressional requests for information and analysis by performing research, data analysis, writing, and other research support duties as assigned by section and division management.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: Successful candidates must be able to work as part of a collaborative team and must exhibit the intellectual flexibility and broad research skill set that facilitate effective work across a wide issue spectrum beyond the applicant’s research focus or concentration. Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are essential; candidates with both qualitative and quantitative research skills, and experience using data visualization to inform research products and processes, are especially urged to apply.
• Knowledge of Foreign policy, including global trends and transnational issues; Regional foreign policy issues pertaining to the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, or Asia-Pacific region, including South Asia.**
• Ability to apply knowledge of the analytic research process in foreign affairs.**
• Ability to identify, exploit, and manipulate research resources and tools to perform research tasks pertinent to foreign affairs.**
• Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods OR
• Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education OR
• Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.
Estimated Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year
Deadline: August 17, 2018
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